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The Magnificent Muzzle Brake, That Doesn’t Break The Bank

With 3 gun competitions becoming such a popular sport, and many of us moving to a rifle like the AR-15 for home defense (and possibly the zombie apocalypse) there is an increased interest in rifles, outside of the realm of hunting.  Many enthusiasts have begun building their own custom rifles and/or buying stock rifles and customizing certain parts of them.  With that in mind I wanted to talk about a component that is easy to change out and can help with your rifle skills in many ways.

What Is The Device We Are Talking About?

The gadget at the end of your rifle’s barrel.  This gadget may seem innocuous, but it actually serves a critical role in the function of your rifle.  We all know that when we fire a bullet out of the barrel, high pressure gas exits along with the projectile.  In addition to gasses, unhurt powder ignites as it mixes with the air and causes the recognizable muzzle flash.  The escaping gasses play a major role in muzzle rise and also in felt recoil.  Additionally, the muzzle flash can obscure the shooters vision of the threat, and mark the shooters position (important on the battlefield).  The device goes by several names based on what it is designed to do best.  Many of the devices serve dual purpose in their function.

  • Compensator – focuses escaping gasses directionally, in order to combat muzzle rise.
  • Flash Hider/Suppressor – control the escaping unburnt powder and air mixture to reduce the flash.
  • Muzzle Brake – reduce felt recoil by counteracting rearward pressure, and focusing the escaping gasses horizontally to the side.

Like I mentioned above, many of these serve dual roles.  For example the easily recognizable and very common A2 ‘birdcage’ flash hider that is found on military M-16’s as well as almost every AR15 rifle does a great job of hiding the flash, although it also is designed to help reduce muzzle rise by porting escaping gasses vertically.  So while it is referred to primarily as a flash hider, it is also a compensator.




The CruxOrd Muzzle Brake:

I want to introduce you to an outstanding muzzle brake device from a fairly new company by the name of CruxOrd.  CruxOrd is a USA based company founded by some retired, hardcore Chicago cops with a ton of tactical firearm experience.  In addition to making the muzzle brake device, they produce some performance components for your Glock handgun.  All of their products are produced in the United States and are flawlessly machined and finished.  

Out of the package, the muzzle brake looks amazing in its design.  It is sleek and although it is a little heavier than your traditional A2 flash hider, it is by no means out of line with the weight of similar muzzle brake devices.  They produce muzzle brakes for .22 rimfire through high pressure 5.56 rifles.  Their website explains what makes the muzzle brake special.  

“…first ever double helix baffles that redirect firing gases axially countering recoil and muzzle climb. Full length bleed lanes intersect each baffle to ensure proper cooling and gas volume control. It is crowned for muzzle protection and large flats enable multiple tool use. Precision machining ensures maximum gas expulsion and gun accuracy.”


I was excited to test out the CruxOrd muzzle brake.  I performed the test using a completely stock Rock River Arms LAR15.  I used 223 Rem, Law Enforcement, Winchester Ranger 64 grain Power-Point ammunition for the review.  After putting around 200 rounds down range with the CruxOrd muzzle brake, I was delighted by the performance of the device.  I found it drastically leveled off my muzzle rise and reduced my perceived recoil.  The report did sound a little louder than with the A2 flash hider, but I did not find this to be an issue.  Perhaps if you were to use this indoors it would be a consideration, but the benefits far outweigh this slight increase in sound.


Removal of the old muzzle device and instillation of the CruxOrd muzzle brake was very simple.   There are many instructional videos describing the steps in detail.  Within 20 minutes you can be up and running.

Overall Take:

I love this muzzle brake.  I always say that I don't believe that equipment alone will make you a better shooter.  There is however gear that can make it easier to apply the fundamentals and be consistent.  This muzzle brake definitely falls into that category.  It flattened out the muzzle rise and reduced recoil, both of which are very important when shooting your rifle.  For around $140 dollars you literally get a bang for your buck.  I have shot rifles with several different styles of compensator.  It is hard to compare those side by side because there are many variables that factor in.  However, I don’t recall shooting an AR that had less muzzle rise, or less recoil.  Bottom line, if you are looking building your rifle and looking for a great muzzle brake, or wanting to change from your stock A2 flash hider, you won’t be disappointed with the CruxOrd muzzle brake.

Check it out here: CruxOrd


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